Pasolini after Dante: The 'Divine Mimesis' and the Politics of Representation - Legenda (Hardback)Emanuela Patti (author)
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What role did Dante play in the work of Pier Paolo Pasolini (1922-1975)? His unfinished and fragmented imitation of the Comedia, La Divina Mimesis, is only one outward sign of what was a sustained dialogue with Dante on representation begun in the early 1950s. During this period, the philologists Gianfranco Contini (1912-1990) and Erich Auerbach (1892-1957) played a crucial role in Pasolini's re-thinking of `represented reality', suggesting Dante as the best literary, authorial and political model for a generation of postwar Italian writers. This emerged first as `Dantean realism' in Pasolini's prose and poetry, after Contini's interpretation of Dante and of his plurilingualism, and then as `figural realism' in his cinema, after Auerbach's concepts of Dante's figura and `mingling of styles'. Following the evolution of Pasolini's mimetic ideal from these formative influences through to La Divina Mimesis, Emanuela Patti explores Pasolini's politics of representation in relation to the `national-popular', the `questione della lingua' and the Italian post-war debates on neorealism, while also providing a new interpretation of some of his major literary and cinematic works.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 178
Weight: 499 g
Dimensions: 249 x 170 x 15 mm
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